The Guardian: 2019 in books: what you’ll be reading this year

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth‑Century China by Jung Chang (Cape)
A biography of three key figures who helped shape the course of modern Chinese history by the Wild Swans author.

Lanny by Max Porter (Faber)
With shades of Ali Smith and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, and bursting with imagination, the second novel from the author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is a portrait of an English village, an unusual little boy and an ancient presence.

The Porpoise by Mark Haddon (Chatto)
A newborn baby, the only survivor of a plane crash, is raised in isolation from the world, in Haddon’s eagerly awaited new novel, inspired by the story of Pericles.

Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being by Paul Mason (Allen Lane)
The journalist and author of Postcapitalism resists ideas of people as merely consumers or sequences of DNA and offers a vision of a better world.

A House in the Mountains by Caroline Moorehead (Chatto)
The concluding part of the author’s acclaimed quartet about Europe features Italy from 1943 to 1945 – Mussolini falls, the Germans occupy, and the country is in chaos. Women in the resistance take centre stage.

This Brutal House by Niven Govinden (Dialogue)
A queer protest novel set among the drag ball community of New York.

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